JCCC Honors Journal


Nurses have a critical role in patient health outcomes. Beyond providing essential care, nurses are responsible for educating patients so they are able to make well-informed decisions to achieve optimal health. Throughout our training, we are consistently reminded of the importance of patient education. When a diagnosis is made, nurses are responsible for teaching the patient how to respond in order to best manage their condition. While this will always be a vital component of nursing, another approach to patient education is preventing disease. Research has proven that the human microbiome is essential to health and disease prevention, yet its significance continues to be overlooked in the medical community. In order to best serve our patients, it is imperative that nurses are informed of the importance of a healthy human microbiome and the lifelong risks associated with its neglect.